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Clarisoft: In Hope of Building the Silicon Desert
Guest Author: Uly Siregar (Ester Skiera), AZ SciTech Festival Writer
If there were a company that would understand how important STEM education is, that would be Clarisoft. The company wouldn’t exist without technologies. As a custom software development services company that is always on the lookout to develop their own software products or internal tools, Clarisoft breathes STEM. “We see software development as a big part of STEM education. Our modern world runs on software. Having the ability to understand how software really works and how to create your own allows STEM students to gain really valuable skills,” says Robert Haines, director of business development at Clarisoft Technologies.
STEM-based companies hold a bright future. Clarisoft is not an exception. As a company that provides unparalled custom software outsourcing since 2004, the Scottsdale-based company has been going strong. “Business has been booming and we have grown 400% in just the last three years. We celebrated the hiring of our 40th full-time employee this year,” Haines states.
The key is comprehensive knowledge of software and application development, combined with offshore resources. Clarisoft delivers high quality development packages designed to minimized costs and maximize profits.
But the best part is, Clarisoft is not all about business. The company also cares about education by supporting STEM-related events such as Arizona SciTech Festival. “The Festival is a very important part of advancing STEM education. We have the vision that one day Phoenix, AZ will be the new Silicon Valley, except we will lovingly call it the Silicon Desert. To do this, we need more STEM talents here and we are happy to help initiatives that help to accelerate this vision,” Haines explains.
The impact is clear. More STEM talents born, more high-skilled people can be recruited to build the company to be bigger. “With more STEM talent locally, especially talented software developers and software entrepreneurs, we have more people to help, whether it be through mentoring startups, getting hired to help with challenging software projects or potentially hiring more people locally,” he says.
Perhaps that’s why Clarisoft has a deep connection to the greater Phoenix, AZ technology community. “We have mentored technology startups through the ASU Venture Catalyst and Edson programs; we actively serve on the Startup + Entrepreneurship Committee inside of the Arizona Technology Council; we donated mobile apps to the Desert Botanical Garden, and our employees even launch their own community-based projects such as the Attack Apathy Project (see www.attackapathy.org),” Haines explains.
Furthermore, Clarisoft provides support for local entrepreneurs and business owners by helping them to build the software they need and acting as solid long-term partners with them. “We thoroughly enjoy helping people bring their visions to life and creating software products in the world that people love to use,” he adds.
And, as for Arizona SciTech Festival, Clarisoft also gives a special contribution. “We would like to announce that we will be building a mobile app for Arizona SciTech Festival as our latest donation to the community. This will be for iOS and Android and will be released in January 2015,” Haines states.